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Australians, NZealander, South African kidnapped in Nigeria

Port Harcourt - Three Australians, a New Zealander and South African have been kidnapped along with two locals in Nigeria's southeast after their vehicle was attacked, officials said on Thursday.

Corpses and silence after Boko Haram's Niger strike

Bosso - Rotting bodies, looted buildings and a grim silence mark the once bustling town of Bosso in southeastern Niger following one of Boko Haram's deadliest ever attacks in the west African nation.

Boko Haram kill 24 in northeastern Nigeria: community leader

Kano - Twenty-four people were killed when Boko Haram fighters opened fire on mourners, a local community leader said Friday, in the second attack in northeast Nigeria this week after a relative lull.

Amnesty backs Biafra group's shooting claims

Lagos - Amnesty International on Friday claimed the Nigerian military shot dead unarmed civilians before a march to mark the anniversary of the 1967 Biafran declaration of independence.

'Starving to death': Boko Haram displaced facing food crisis

Kano - At least 10 people are "starving to death" every day in a camp in northeast Nigeria for people displaced by Boko Haram violence, highlighting warnings about a food crisis in the Lake Chad region.

Chadian troops 'pour into Niger after Boko Haram attack'

Ndjame - The first of an expected 2,000 troops from regional military powerhouse Chad began arriving in neighbouring Niger Wednesday, where Boko Haram insurgents inflicted heavy losses in the town of Bosso last week, a local security source said.

Chad sends 2,000 troops to Niger after Boko Haram attack

Ndjame - Some 2,000 troops from regional military powerhouse Chad headed to neighbouring Niger on Wednesday, where Boko Haram insurgents inflicted heavy losses in the town of Bosso last week, a military source said.

Over 50,000 flee Boko Haram attacks in Niger: UN

Niamey - About 50,000 people have fled a town in Niger's troubled southeast after deadly attacks by Boko Haram insurgents, the United Nations said Tuesday.

32 troops killed in Niger clash with Boko Haram

Niamey - Thirty-two troops have been killed in a clash with Boko Haram fighters on Niger's border with Nigeria, Niger's defence ministry said on Saturday, one of deadliest tolls inflicted by the jihadists.

Nigeria President Buhari urged to act against oil attacks

Yenagoa - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday faced urgent calls to stop security spiralling out of control in the oil-rich south, after militants claimed two new attacks against key pipelines.

At least 10 dead as Biafra anniversary turns bloody

Lagos - At least 10 people were killed during protests by pro-Biafra campaigners as they marked the anniversary of the start of Nigeria's civil war, police said on Tuesday.

Questions on Chibok girl release after second rescue claim

Abuja - Nigeria has claimed the rescue of a second Chibok girl but a campaign group on Friday said she was captured separately from the 219 held by Boko Haram, as questions were raised about the first release.

Second abducted Chibok girl rescued: Nigerian army

Lagos - A second Chibok schoolgirl abducted by Boko Haram more than two years ago has been found, the Nigerian army said on Thursday.

Rescued Chibok girl Amina Ali: A 'quiet and humble' student

Maiduguri - Amina Ali, who this week became the first of 219 abducted Chibok schoolgirls to be found, had undergone a dramatic transformation since she was seized by Boko Haram nearly two years ago."She was completely changed.

Nigeria's kidnapped schoolgirls: Two years gone

Lagos - Here is a snapshot of key events since the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls from the remote town of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria two years ago.Nigeria's army confirmed on Wednesday that one of the girls has been found.

Chibok girl rescue raises hopes for others held by Boko Haram

Kano - One of 219 schoolgirls held hostage by Boko Haram for more than two years has been found, the military and activists said Wednesday, the first rescue that has raised hopes for those still being held.

Boko Haram 'still a threat' despite counter-insurgency gains: Hollande

Abuja - Boko Haram remains a threat despite "impressive" military gains against it, French President Francois Hollande said on Saturday, as regional and Western leaders gathered for talks on the Islamist threat.

More help needed to defeat Boko Haram, rebuild, summit told

Abuja - Regional and Western powers were on Saturday urged to do more to stop the threat from Boko Haram, as the UN voiced concern about the militants' ties to the Islamic State group and threat to African security.

Hollande vows French help in restive Central African Republic

Bangui - French President Francois Hollande paid a lightning visit to restive Central African Republic on Friday for talks with its leaders while drawing down France's military presence.

In latest disruption to oil exports, Shell halts Nigerian exports

Royal Dutch Shell on Wednesday confirmed its crude oil exports from Nigeria have been "significantly" disrupted, adding to an already shaky output situation in the West African country.

Just return stolen assets, Nigeria's Buhari tells British PM

London - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said Wednesday that he did not want an apology from Prime Minister David Cameron for calling his country "fantastically corrupt", but said Britain could return assets stolen by officials who fled to London.

Children, babies dying in Nigeria camp for Boko Haram suspects: Amnesty

Lagos - Amnesty International on Wednesday urged Nigeria to shut down a military detention facility for Boko Haram suspects after nearly 150 people, among them children and babies, died there in custody.

British PM calls Nigeria, Afghanistan 'fantastically corrupt'

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron called Nigeria and Afghanistan "possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world" in inadvertently public remarks Tuesday, but hailed their leaders' planned attendance at an anti-corruption summit in London.

Hollande to visit restive C. Africa Republic on May 13

Paris - French President Francois Hollande will visit the restive Central African Republic on May 13 to pledge France's support for peace efforts before going on to Nigeria, his office said Friday.

Nigerian oil rebels 'blow up' Chevron facility Delta state

Lagos - Militants have blown an offshore oil facility operated by US oil group Chevron in southern Nigeria, the navy said on Friday, in renewed violence that could hit exports in Africa's largest oil producer.

With help, Africa targets coordinated fight against Boko Haram

Ndjame - With US and European support, African states threatened by Boko Haram are out to smash the militant Islamist group terrorising the region -- but a coordinated response is required if they are to succeed.

Nigerian Shiite group demands exhumation after deadly clashes

Kaduna - The mass grave lies just outside the city of Kaduna in northern Nigeria, but apart from the recently turned ochre soil there's nothing to indicate what might lie beneath.

Nigeria, France step up joint fight against Boko Haram

Abuja - Nigeria and France on Thursday signed an agreement on closer military cooperation, including intelligence sharing, to strengthen the fight against Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region.

Amnesty accuses Nigeria's military over deadly Shiite clashes

Lagos - Amnesty International on Friday accused Nigeria's military of deliberately shooting dead more than 350 Shiite Muslims, burying them in mass graves and destroying evidence of the crime.

Nigeria uncovers 17,000 more civil service ghost workers

Lagos - Nigeria has uncovered 17,000 more ghost workers on the civil service payroll, the country's anti-corruption body said on Wednesday, taking the number of fictitious employees to more than 37,000.
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